Here are some quotes from anonymous hospital CIOs that may sound familiar: “Morale is really bad; folks are burned out.” “ICD-10 will never happen, we’ll just keep spending money on it.” “Doing more with less can only go so far.” Those complaints were highlighted by Mary Anne Leach, senior vice president and chief information officer […]

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Universal American sees gains from ACOs

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Universal American, a publicly traded health insurance company that operates more than two dozen Medicare accountable care organizations, Wednesday reported its first quarterly revenue and profit from the business after nearly three years and an investment of more than $82 million in it. The company reported that three of its 30 ACOs did well enough […]

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A new report by Berg Insight estimates the total remote patient monitoring (RPM) market at $5.85 billion as of 2013, including revenues from medical monitoring devices, mHealth connectivity solutions, care delivery platforms, and monitoring services. Results found that mHealth connectivity solutions alone will account for 40 percent of total revenues in 2018, up from just […]

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Docs warn of reporting overload

October 30, 2014

More than 83 percent of physician practices do not believe current Medicare physician quality reporting programs enhanced their physicians’ ability to provide high-quality patient care. The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) revealed the results of its Physician Practice Assessment: Medicare Quality Reporting Programs research at the organization’s 2014 annual conference here. The assessment includes responses […]

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10 ways to boost patient satisfaction

October 29, 2014

1. Smile and say ‘hello’ when patients arrive. This seems basic, but may be overlooked in many cases, if it is not established as an expectation of all staff. “Everyone likes to be acknowledged,” Hablutzel noted. 2. Answer the telephone in three rings with a consistent greeting. And “no blind transfers,” Hablutzel said. 3. Use […]

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Why big data in healthcare is moving so slow

October 29, 2014

With the rollout of the pay-for-performance model in U.S. healthcare, healthcare leaders are now realizing that having data at their fingertips to make decisions of all kind will be necessary. From both a business and clinical standpoint, big data is a tremendous asset; specifically at the point of care, when patient care organizations apply analytics, […]

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Telemedicine can improve healthcare in prisons, while reducing costs

October 29, 2014

In keeping with the goal of rehabilitating inmates while serving their sentence, many prisons are turning to telemedicine, particularly prisons in rural areas. Telemedicine is especially important and even critical in some cases for the large number of inmates who require mental health care services, something that countless rural prisons are simply not equipped or […]

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EHRs at point-of-care in Ebola fight

October 29, 2014

As the Ebola crisis simmers and public concern skyrockets, one researcher is touting the role of electronic health records (EHRs) as a public health tool at the point-of-care to help in the fight against the disease. According to Health Data Management, Dr. Kenneth Mandl, professor at Harvard Medical School and chair of the informatics program […]

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Financial performance analysis: A Minnesota health system’s journey so far

October 28, 2014

Greg Klugherz joined CentraCare Health in 2008 as vice president and CFO of CentraCare Health and St. Cloud Hospital. Klugherz, a certified public accountant, is responsible for the finance and treasury functions, as well as the revenue cycle and admitting functions at St. Cloud. CentraCare Health encompasses a 489-bed community hospital in St. Cloud, located […]

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On-demand HIE now a reality

October 27, 2014

U.S. News & World Report describes how, during a breakout session at the U.S. News Hospital of Tomorrow conference in Washington, one veteran of health information exchange policy and practice, Micky Tripathi, illustrated how difficult interoperability can be when dealing with an industry as complex as healthcare. Tripathi is the founding president and CEO of […]

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